President Donald Trump has promised to end the reckless foreign intervention of the United States over the past two decades.
The Trump administration announced plans to withdraw almost 12,000 troops from Germany.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told a Pentagon briefing that the move would benefit Washington's strategic interests abroad, strengthening NATO and deterring Russia, as well as equipping the military for a "new era of great power competition".
Esper said the number of U.S. troops permanently based in Germany would be reduced by approximately 11,900, from 36,000 to 24,000.
"The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight"
Trump has ordered the withdrawal of remaining U.S. forces in Northern Syria. This, in an effort to get them out of harm's way of Turkey's expanding attack(s) on Syria - according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
The administration has cut the U.S. troop presence in Syria from several thousand to 500.
After years of negotiations, the Taliban appears on the verge of signing an accord that would pave the way for a reduction of hostilities, a settlement on the future of Afghanistan, and a withdrawal of American troops.
Trump has begun a drawdown of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, from 8,600 to 4,500 by November 2020.
"We should have the small remaining number of brave men and women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas" - President Trump
The Trump administration recently announced it was bringing home 2,200 U.S. troops from Iraq in September of 2020. This would bring to presence from 5,200 to 3,000 troops.
In October 2020, Trump told his top advisers he wants to withdraw US troops from Somalia.
The U.S. currently has between 650 and 800 troops in Somalia (according to the US Africa Command). This includes special forces that are helping to train the Somalian army.